2012 Mitsubishi i vs. Its Competition

2012 Mitsubishi i
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Nissan Leaf costs several thousand dollars more than the 2012 Mitsubishi i, but a certain type of buyer—especially one who commutes on wide suburban boulevards, or LA-style freeways—is going to appreciate the Leaf's stronger highway response, as well as its wider stance, which helps it fit in a bit better on U.S.

streets highways.

The two models aren't all that different for driving range, but the Leaf's additional ten miles or so might add some peace of mind for longer-distance commuters.

Based on early experience with prototype versions of the upcoming 2012 Tesla Model S, we anticipate this significantly more expensive luxury sedan to be better performing, as well as more refined, than either of those affordable alternatives—including an available range of up to 300 miles.

Finally, an all-electric version of the Ford Focus is anticipated in the first half of calendar-year 2013; this new vehicle will offer the same packaging as other Focus models (minus some cargo versatility), with a range approaching that of the Leaf.

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Want a practical electric car for commuting, or as a second car? The 2012 Mitsubishi i is the simply the most affordable and efficient pick.
The 2012 Nissan Leaf is, quite simply, the first battery electric vehicle built in volume by any major carmaker; if you can get comfortable with its range of 70 to 100 miles, it's the greenest car you can buy.
The 2012 Tesla Model S sedan turns out to be a much better car than most expected; it just might meld sport-sedan driving, interior space, and comfort with zero-emission running in one revolutionary package.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
EPA Class  
Style Name  
N/A4-Door HB SV4-Door Sedan
N/AFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
N/A4 Door HatchbackSedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
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